Written answers

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Bus Services

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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234. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce a BusConnects project in Cork city and suburbs; if so, the details of same; the stage of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51437/18]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the provision of bus related infrastructure in the State.

As noted in the National Development Plan (NDP), the NTA is working in partnership with the Cork local authorities in developing a new transport strategy for the metropolitan area. The NDP provides an indicative allocation of €200million to support the development of BusConnects Cork in line with the finalised recommendations of that new transport strategy.

Noting their responsibility in relation to this matter, I have forwarded your query to the NTA for their consideration and direct reply. Please notify my office if you have not received a reply within 10 working days.

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